To accommodate the numerous activities, Indian and Forest Acres camps boast some of the finest facilities in Maine, including indoor gymnasiums, a theater, a brand new dance studio, 12 Har-Tru tennis courts, two Olympic swimming pools, meticulously maintained fields and baseball diamonds and a lakefront water facility for water-skiing, knee-boarding, wake-boarding, etc. The uniqueness of three waterfronts allows our campers to be on and in the water for extended amounts of time. All campers may also participate in inter-camp competitions. Any camper wishing to participate may. Our camping philosophy encourages participation by all.
Here is a sampling;
Indian Acres has the unique privilege of having access to three different water fronts. Indian Acres has an olympic pool and is located on the shore of the Saco River. On top of these two spectacular amenities, Indian Acres also has a lakeside waterfront on Lovewell Pond. At Lovewell Pond campers can learn to waterski, wakeboard, kneeboard, sail, kayak, or canoe under the supervision of a highly trained staff. Campers can also simply enjoy their time at the pond swimming in the water, playing volleyball on the newly developed sand court, or bouncing on the new water trampoline.
Each day campers can practice their driving, putting, and pitching skills on the open fields of Indian Acres. Those campers committed to golf may also travel to local driving ranges or take a day to play 9 or 18 holes.
Many mountain biking trails begin at the gates of camp. Campers ride on trails around our local area and in the White Mountain National Forest. Our mountain biking staff are well versed in the practice of riding and keeping our rides exciting and fun. Campers also learn about bicycle maintenance as they prepare for each ride.
The Art Center is always full of activity. With pottery wheels, watercolors, oil paints, drawing, crafts, lanyard creation and so much more, everyone spends time in the Art Center. So much to do and so many projects bring campers to this great facility all day long. A great place to unwind after a grueling tennis match or a morning in the gym.
Campers play “ball” in our spectacular gymnasium or on our outdoor court. Instructions and games are available for all age groups under the directions of our outstanding coaching staff. All campers are invited to participate in inter-camp sports.
Baseball is a time honored sport at Indian Acres. Our renowned baseball coach, Gary McClurg, has led many state champion teams and has shared his skills with our campers since 1972. He works with campers one-on-one and with the team, and is often seen “shagging” fly balls with campers until dark.
We play on our meticulously maintained diamond, which recently was renovated with new dugouts, stands and a professional backstop.
Our professional archery range is an active area at camp. Campers can gain archer certification as well as compete in inter-camp archery tournaments. Our range includes a variety of different style targets.
Both Street Hockey and Roller Hockey have been popular activities at camp for many years. Our hockey rink features professional boards and is always full of campers. Individual instruction as well as teams practices and inter-camp game take place on a regular basis. Indian Acres is the host of the most popular hockey tournament in Maine.
Flag Football takes place regularly on both our upper and lower fields. Everything from touchdown passes to the double reverse makes this an exciting activity. Participation is for all levels with team and individual instruction. Indian Acres host the only camp tournament in the State of Maine!
Volleyball is everywhere. Beach volleyball, 2 on 2 volleyball, indoor volleyball, even volleyball at the lake. Our volleyball staff has made this activity a part of our regular program. Lots of instruction, in-camp tournaments, inter-camp tournaments and just a whole lot of fun.
Tennis is Directed at Indian Acres by USTA professional coach Douglas Tomlin from Tyler Texas. Doug brings with him thirty years of tennis instruction and is a USTA certified coach who can teach all levels of tennis from beginner to Expert. Beginning in the summer of 2014 we have adopted the USTA Junior method of teaching tennis. This will utilize our lower two courts to instruct children age 7-10 years old. This involves shortening the courts and using special tennis balls which enable the children to hit it over the net easier therefore building the child’s confidence.
Our beautiful courts sit right in front of our Intermediate and Senior cabin line making our tennis courts the place to be everyday. Camper receive premium instruction with staff camper ratios of 2:1 and 1: 1. There is always a tennis staff to “hit” with any camper no matter what ability. Our innovative program uses the most up to date techniques to teach all the skills of the games. Campers compete in many inter-camp tournaments, our own in camp tennis ladder, and other tennis matches. Every camper no matter how young or how old is drawn to this outstanding program.
Indian Acres boasts two full sized soccer fields with regulation sized goals. Whether during instructional hours or simply during free time, you will always see campers enjoying themselves on the field. Our expert coaches from the U.S and Europe ensure that our campers receive only the best instruction. Campers may choose to compete in inter-camp and intra-camp games.
Our state of the art ropes course is the backbone of our outdoor education and leadership programs. With 13 low ropes elements and 10+ high ropes elements, three way climbing wall and two famous zip wires, campers gain a world of confidence from our course. We work in small groups with leaders trained in outdoor education and group dynamics. Some campers come only once a summer and others 3 times a week but the lessons learned here last a lifetime.
Indian Acres is fortunate to have a heated Olympic pool; a unique feature for a sleep away camp in Maine. Campers attend instructional swimming in the pool everyday. Swimming is supervised by instructors holding WSI licenses and campers are taught following Red Cross certification levels. The pool also serves as a great recreational center with swim meets, water carnivals, and simply a great place to cool off after a hard day of camp. Of course we also have one of the most unique recreational centers in Maine at our backyard, the Saco River which also offers us a place to cool off, swim and canoe.
Campers at Indian Acres can explore the art of photography, learning everything from proper techniques and the use of lighting to film development. Under the supervision of counselors, children have access to Indian Acres’ own dark room and both traditional and digital cameras.
Lacrosse has found a home at Indian Acres. Instruction is available for all levels and we have in-camp and inter-camp games available for anyone interested in playing this fast moving and exciting game. Quality instruction from coaches versed in all aspects of Lacrosse make this one of our popular actvivites.
It is said that Indian Acres sits where the mountains meet the water. This proves a great metaphor for our renowned hiking and tripping program. Campers can choose to go on hikes almost everyday on some of the most famous trails in America. Our highlights include the famous Indian Acres night hike and our annual overnight to the top of Mount Washington. The Indian Acres Hiking program is led by AMC (Appalachian Mountain Club) certified trip leaders who are over 21 years of age. They typically are accompanied by at least one other counselor who is certified in Wilderness first aid and rescue, American red cross Lifeguarding and CPR.
Simply the Best Horseback Riding Program in the US! Indian Acres Camp for Boys continues to foster an incredible riding program run by experienced staff in all areas of equestrian background. Founded in 1924, the summer equestrian experience has grown and expanded.
Our top-notch thirty-two stall barn, accompanied by three outdoor arenas, is tucked neatly in the back of the camp facility. An extensive network of trails near and inside camp provide children with an opportunity to relax outside the daily teachings within the ring.
C.J. Law of Mount Holyoke directs the most outstanding equestrian program among camps in the state of Maine. Her staff and horses from Mount Holyoke (recent IHSA equestrian champions) provide a program offering lessons, shows, horsemanship, and so much more.
The unique facility draws both campers and staff members to return to camp year after year. The quality of staff is unbeatable. Equestrians like Nancy Peterson, Hollins College, and Nancy Fisk, Dana Hall, a former director of riding at a preparatory school with a prestigious riding program, have shared their talent with the children of Indian Acres.
Since 1986, Carol Law (C.J.), program director of riding at Mount Holyoke College, has upheld and advanced the riding camp standard. She brings talented college age instructors from her program at Mount Holyoke College. A great return rate for her staff proves their dedication and devotion to consistency in equestrian studies at camp.
In addition to her staff, C.J. is responsible for the quality of horses that lie at the heart of the riding program. Many of the school horses are brought from Mount Holyoke College. The horses are capable of catering to a brand new rider or the rider who is accustomed to extremely competitive riding. A number of the horses are talented show horses. The horses are safe and friendly and children form close attachments to their counter parts. The nature and diversity of instruction at the two camps is of superior quality. The main focus and background of instructors and campers tends to be of the hunter and jumper discipline. However, a focus on equitation, dressage, combined training, and stable management is stressed in daily learning. Outside the ring, children are often rewarded with a wide variety of field trips.
Campers participate at rated shows which always proves to be a success, both in fun and competition. Several campers have qualified during the summer equitation for the NEHC Medal Finals. Campers are also given the opportunity to visit local farms or equestrian events to expand their knowledge of horses outside the ring. It is the goal of the staff to stress the importance of riding as pleasure and exercise.
Each of these aspects of the riding program at Camp Indian Acres serves to support a diverse consistent quality environment for campers. The staff and the campers join together summer after summer to enjoy the world of equestrian studies.
Special trips are organized each week to Maine’s island and coastal scenic areas and nearby New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Extended camping, hiking, and canoeing trips and trips to Canada, Cape Ann, and Boston colleges are scheduled regularly. A state-of-the-art high and low element ropes course is available at FA. Groups are taken to the local ice skating rink for open skating.
Cabin, unit and all-camp activities provide a break from the regular schedule. Evenings and Sundays are spent in team sports, group games, talent shows, campfires, or overnights in the camp’s cabin on Lovewell Pond. Traditional games, known as Color War (Green and Tan for Forest Acres; Red and Brown for Indian Acres) take place during the last three weeks of camp and provide friendly competition in relay marathons, a counselor hunt, a swim meet, and other activities. Each team writes its own songs that become part of camp tradition.
Co-ed activities such as dances, chorus and musical production are planned between the two camps. In addition to social activities for all campers, weekly visits are arranged for siblings at the two camps. English as a second language is available for international campers. Tutoring in mathematics, music, reading, and English may be arranged.
One of the many advantages of summer camping in Maine is the beauty of our surroundings. No other area of the country can offer a summer camp environment amid the lakes, mountains, rivers and the ocean. To help enrich the camp experience Forest Acres (Indian Acres) takes weekly trips to area attractions. Wednesday (Tuesday) is Trip Day and each Unit will be out of camp for the day, visiting the best that Southern Maine and the Mount Washington Valley of New Hampshire has to offer. Lost River, the Polar Caves, Funtown Splashtown USA, White Lake State Park, Crescent and Scarborough Beaches in Maine are among the locations visited.